The staid periodical has championed laissez-faire liberalism since its 1843 founding. But it's also been a cheerleader for the establishment, no matter how illiberal its aims, writes Alexander Zevin in his book, Liberalism at Large, on sale Tuesday. That's included tolerating slavery, military intervention, assassinations and Russia's oligarchy. Now the magazine laments the fracturing of the world order its core philosophy has built.
Where does that voice originate? From the playing fields of Eton and other elite institutions — a homogeneity The Economist is only now trying to mitigate.
OZY visits Bremen, the rich little city with big inequality.